One Bullet Away - Nathaniel C. Fick

One Bullet Away

By Nathaniel C. Fick

  • Release Date: 2006-09-07
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 273 Ratings

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If the Marines are “the few, the proud,” Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fick’s career begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan just after 9/11 and advances to the pinnacle—Recon— two years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadliest conflict since Vietnam. He vows to bring all his men home safely, and to do so he’ll need more than his top-flight education. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between military ideals and military practice, which can mock those ideals.

In this deeply thoughtful account of what it’s like to fight on today’s front lines, Fick reveals the crushing pressure on young leaders in combat. Split-second decisions might have national consequences or horrible immediate repercussions, but hesitation isn’t an option. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but ultimately it is an inspiring account of mastering the art of war.


  • Worth the money

    By TaintedKeyboard
    If you are looking for a book on Marine officers this is definitely a good read. If you want to read about the Iraq war read “Generation Kill”. Same story different view point. Great book though
  • Leadership for the Right Reasons

    By Longbeard54
    This was an awesome book for me. Not just because of the personal accounts of battle and history, but the personification of leadership at its finest. This is truly an inspirational work.
  • The most human book on war I’ve read

    By smith4768684
    By far one of my favorite reads that I have found in relationship to the Marine Corps and developing into a great officer. As a Marine option in ROTC books like these are few and far between from what I have found. Has helped leaps and bounds on narrowing down my interests in the Corps and hope one day to care as much for my Marines as this man did. All the while showing to us the human side of war and not the die mf die attitude like most books on war. Outstanding.
  • One Bullet Away

    By Ncousmc
    Nathaniel Fick has done an awesome job conveying his role as a "Leader of Marines". I only wished there were more men like him in The Corps when I served. Semper Fi Sir!!!!!
  • One Bullet Away

    By RBPjr
    One Bullet Away is one damned good read. It's a very well articulated, first person account of a combat platoon's experiences during a war.
  • Awesome

    By tfieffer
    Lt Fick brings the words on the pages of his book to life. Never feeling I had the bravery to serve the way he did. The way he tells the story gave me the in sight of a marine officer. Thank you!
  • Awesome!!!!

    By Will Marsh
    I absolutely loved this book! I wish it never ended. If Nate wrote another book I'd buy it in a heart beat. This book showed me what it means to be part of something bigger then myself and how close the brotherhood actually is... Just reading this book made me want to join the marines and serve our country.
  • One bullet away

    By Madison173
    Great accounting of the reality. Honest, forthright, the way of all USMC Leader CJC USMC 1802 1st. Tank Battalion Vietnam 1969
  • Leadership

    By -ichardM
    This book is truth and is well written. I served in Vietnam as a Green Beret assigned to a SOG Unit which was B-56 Project Sigma. The author has captured the feelings and emotions that besiege the combat soldier and commander and in doing so has found the true essence of leadership.
  • One bullet away

    By Private poop
    Over blown marine story..written like the marine core is the only ones fighting the war.Id find better story's in a bathroom stall.